Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fired Up

Book Review

Fired Up by Mary Connealy is the second volume in the Trouble in Texas series. It was an enjoyable book that reminded me of watching old movies like The Apple Dumpling Gang with my children. It is a continuation of the story of the four “Regulators,” so named because they restored a semblance of order in the Confederate Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.

The story certainly had its serious moments with several sub-plots. Someone wants to kill Dare Riker, one of the Regulators. The teen-aged son of Dare Riker’s love interest struggles with intense anger because of his past. The sister of Regulator Jonas comes to town and campaigns for the Temperance Movement. This kaleidoscope of activity is all handled with a light touch; and I found many parts of the book to be funny. Connealy is masterful at adding comments that bring the aspect of humor to more serious moments.

I liked the idea of the four men who lived out their faith and fought against evil. They present a breed of men who fought for what was right, took care of women and children and were a model of the best of men. In the first book, the first of the regulators fell in love and got married. The second book also has a love interest involving another of the regulators.

This is an enjoyable book with periods of danger intertwined with just the right amount of humor. I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Book

Rollicking Wild West Adventure and Romance from Bestselling Author Mary Connealy

Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she's terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner---never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can't help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna's diner into Dare's back. Are Flint's cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna's son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

About the Author

Meet Mary: Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

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Mary Connealy is back with the second book, Fired Up, in her Trouble in Texas series, and she's celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway and a LIVE author chat party on October 8th.


  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Swept Away  and Fired Up by Mary Connealy
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 8th. Winner will be announced at the "Fired Up" Live Webcast Event on October 8th. Connect with Mary for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Mary will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Fired Up and join Mary and friends on the evening of October 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

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